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Loneliness – Operation Meet the Street – BBC

ad3456fa20b2fd91c2b1311bc78d5c2a_1This week, the BBC have been airing a new series looking at loneliness in Britain.  James Martin takes celebrities back to a street they grew up on to see who lives there now and help set up a local social network in a campaign designed to tackle the issue of loneliness in the UK.

You can watch the episodes on BBC iPlayer.  Tomorrow’s episode will be touching on how animals can help combat loneliness for some people.  You can watch it at 9.15am tomorrow morning (Thursday 18th December) and the final episode is on Friday at the same time in the morning.

Watch Operation Meet the Street on BBC iPlayer

More information about the benefits of the human-animal bond can be found on the SCAS website.  We’ve prepared a special page to signpost you to some of the most relevant parts of our website HERE.

ISAZ abstract submissions deadline is nearing

Abstract deadline Jan 31 for the 23rd Annual Conference of the
International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ) is approaching.

The meeting will be held July 19-21, 2014 – Vienna, Austria

Animals and Humans Together: Integration in Society.

The International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ) invites submission of
both oral (15 minutes total) and poster abstracts for its 23rd Annual
Conference which will be held in Vienna, Austria on July 19-21, 2014. The
conference will focus on the role of human-animal interactions (HAI) in
society, including a range of empirical evidence for the effects of HAI on
human, animals and society. We also encourage the submission of free
papers on all other relevant topics in the field of HAI.

Research abstracts include:
1. A list of authors, institutional affiliations, and email address for
correspondence;
2. An introduction to the study and its objectives;
3. Methodology – including a description of the participants (both human
and animal), such as number (n), type, age, gender, and species, and a
description of the study design, data collection, and data analysis; 4.
Main results, including statistical test, significance levels and test
value
5. Conclusions and implications for the field. Only abstracts reporting
results will be eligible for oral presentation.

Critical review abstracts include
1. A list of authors, institutional affiliations, and email address for
correspondence;
2. An introduction to the objectives of the review;
3. Key literature references that have been reviewed or re-evaluated; 4.
Main findings, and
5. Principal conclusions and implications for the field.

Abstracts must be in English (UK or US spelling is both fine, please be
consistent), concise, informative and no longer than 4000 characters,
including references

All abstracts need to be submitted via the online submission system at
http://isaz2014.univie.ac.at. Abstracts for oral presentations that are
not selected may be eligible for a posters. A sample abstract is provided
for reference at the abstract submission section.

Please indicate in the online submission system whether you want to
participate in the ISAZ Best Student Presentation/Poster Award.
Deadline for abstract submission: January 31st 2014.

Further information is available at the ISAZ website and on Facebook:
http://www.isaz.net/conferences.html
https://www.facebook.com/ISAZ2014

Caring Canines receive British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours List!

Many congratulations to Sue and Julie from Caring Canines, who have both been awarded a British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours List.

The citation includes the phrase “for services to dog assisted therapy…..”

Sue and Julie said that they have accepted the awards in the name of Caring Canines and hope that it will go a long way towards promoting the positive effects that therapy dogs can have on people.  They both went on to thank everyone who has contributed to the success of the group.

Job Vacancy – Mars Petcare – Research Manager – Human-Animal Interaction

Mars Petscare have a job vacancy that may be of interest to you.

Research Manager – Human-Animal Interaction (HAI)

£45,000 – £54,000 + 2 bonus opportunities, car bonus, healthcare and pension

Waltham, Melton Mowbray, Leics.

As Research Manager HAI reporting to our Head of Research, your brief will be to lead a global research and communications programme which underpins a strategic pillar of our Global Petcare Vision:  to strengthen the human-animal bond and make the world a better place for pets.  You’ll play a critical role in delivering this through high-quality scientific research in collaboration with key academics and opinion formers, as well as public-private partnerships.  That’ll involve the development and execution of a five-year strategy to improve the quality of our HAI research continuously in alignment with business priorities.  So you’ll need to:

  • monitor the latest developments within this field
  • create internal and external expertise networks
  • act as the authoritative source of information and advice on HAI for our global business.

With at least a PhD in an Ethological, Psychological, Veterinary or Health-related science discipline, you already have a proven track record within biological/veterinary scientific research, ideally involving close collaboration with NGOs/government bodies.  Your hearty appetite for constantly acquiring new scientific knowledge will complement your skills in networking and setting strategic research goals and measures.  With a clear passion for high-quality HAI research and its application, you’re readily be able to build and leverage professional networks.  Your attributes will also include:

  • the gravitas to represent Waltham within scientific and professional communities and across Mars Petcare
  • a strong drive for results

And of course, you’ll have that passion for pets.

More information about this post here:

http://www.mars.com/global/careers/job-search/job-details.aspx?JobReferenceNo=WAL00608

Service Dog Netherlands starts pilot with assistance dogs for veterans with PTSD

41699710432100The Veteran’s Service Dog is an alert dog that is specially trained for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This is a mental disorder that veterans may suffer as they are deployed to war zones.

The specially trained dogs help veterans to cope with stress caused by traumatic experiences in war zones. The dogs recognize the first symptoms of a nightmare and give a warning and also help to avoid stressful situations and are able to calm their “boss” and feel safe. This allows veterans with PTSD recover faster from their trauma and resume their normal lives.

For the pilot, the project team are looking for Veterans with PTSD who wish to qualify for a Veteran’s Service Dog to improve their general life welfare.

The following tasks can be a service dog to perform:

  • Wake and / or create light during a reliving of a nightmare
  • Accompany on the street
  • View a room occupants
  • Find the way home when disorientated
  • Provide distraction from worrying and depression
  • Help relax by his presence
  • Anger and anxiety indicated by contact with nose, head on your lap or jump
  • Move away from a situation where you feel unsafe
  • Keep personal zone free by standing between you and other people

Other specific tasks can also be negotiated as part of the project.

Selection of participants will be undertaken by a psychologist and instructors collaborating on the pilot. Successful applicants will then be put on a waiting list.

The pilot will study fourteen veterans with PTSD – seven of which will work with a dog and seven will take part in the research without a dog for comparison.

 

The Veterans Dog project is a collaboration of Service Dogs Netherlands, The Veterans House, Royal PIT Pro Rege and Dr. A. Wiersema-Ouwehand. The partners are committed to promote the advantages of having a veteran dog with war veterans and raise awareness of the Veterans Dogs among a larger group of people in the Netherlands to raise funds for the training of the dogs.

For more information please visit the website http://www.hulphond.nl/pagina/veteranenhonden

IFAW Animal Action Awards – who are your animal heros?

Last October at a prestigious ceremony at the House of Lords hosted by Baroness Gale and Queen legend and animal welfare campaigner Brian May, IFAW proudly honoured the achievements of 10 award winners for their outstanding work to help animals.

IFAW need your help to find this year’s dedicated and committed animal heroes.

Last year’s winners included young vet Vikki Fowler, from Lancashire, who was honoured for rescuing and rehabilitating neglected horses; Julie Hinks from Hampshire, who cares for and rehomes tortoises, many of which have been illegally smuggled into the UK; Kate Williams, a volunteer pet foster carer with Bolton-based Paws for Kids, which provides specialised support for women and children pet owners fleeing domestic violence; and Grace Yoxon, from the Isle of Skye, who was recognised for her global work in otter conservation.

We’re not just looking for people. Last year’s Animal of the Year award went to Haatchi, an Anatolian shepherd dog who suffered horrific injuries after being tied to a railway line and hit by a train. Haatchi, who lost his tail and a leg in the incident, has formed an amazing relationship with the young son of the family who adopted him. Now qualified as a Pets as Therapy dog, Haatchi also works with amputee soldiers and seriously ill children.

IFAW invite you to submit nominations for people you believe have made a significant contribution to animal welfare for the 2013 Animal Action Awards. They’re looking for UK heroes, perhaps someone who runs a sanctuary or rescue centre, a volunteer or fundraiser who would be suitable for the youth award, a campaigner on animal or conservation issues, or an animal that you think is deserving of an award and recognition.

The 2013 Animal Action Awards will be presented in October. Please ensure that you get your nomination in by June 30, 2013.

If you know someone who should receive this award, nominate them by filling in this form.

Please be sure to include:

  • your personal information and the information of the person you are nominating
  • a description of the work the nominee has done for animals
  • and why you think she/he is deserving of an Animal Action Award.

Nominate your Animal Action Award hero today!